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Suit jackets have never looked better, thanks to one of our most favorite Brit designers, Stella McCartney. For her spring ’09 collection, McCartney transformed the mundane office staple into a chic, lanquid, and sexy addition to a myriad of different looks. We saw it take the form of McCartney’s signature jumpsuit, a bathing suit, and layered over a cocktail dress. She spiced up the tone of the collection by pairing sheer blazers with even more see-through glitteryjumpsuits and leotards underneath. Although the jacket was undoubtedly the star of the show, McCartney expressed her dimension and versatility as a designer with provocative black bondage and chandelier-like frocks. Had we been there, we would have given Ms.McCartney a standing ovation alongside show crasher Sacha Baron Cohen’s alter ego, Bruno.

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How many times can the classic Chanel suit, shoes, and bag be reworked and refreshed each season? Apparently, an infinite amount, as Karl Largerfeld has once again made the staples of the maintain their covetable classification. New shapes, details, and accessories are the way to add excitement to the storied house, and Karl and his team didn’t hold back one bit this season. From boudoir-like shoes decked out with feathers to new shape and chain positioning for the quilted signature bags, there’s plenty here to set Chanel-lover’s hearts ablaze. The suits received the festoon treatment, with oversized ties, bows, and detailing that you know came from King Karl himself — heavy chainlinks! And last, this review wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the jewelry; it managed to accomplish both vintage and futuristic elements that worked with tweed suits,  trenches, long, loose cardigans, and prim blouses.

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It’s all about Shalom – Shalom Harlow that is, for Victor & Rolf’s S/S 2009 collection. As the sole model for the entire collection, once again V&R did something unconventional by showing their new looks via a video presentation where Shalom appeared over, and over, and over again. We loved the deep red eye shadow seen on Shalom, along with their geometric zig zag lines and palette of large red, black, and white. The 21-piece collection managed to cover both casual and couture looks, in fabrics ranging from jersey to chiffon and satin.

Julia DiNardo

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Style.com

While contemplating Charles Darwin, Alexander McQueen’s “survival of the fittest”  collection made for most-memorable show in a bevy of aspects; from the revolving earth installation in the backdrop to the myriad of endangered species taxidermied animals lining the runway, McQueen sure knows how to put on quite a show, or rather, see a motif through to the end. The clothes themselves moved from natural elements and motifs in soft fabrications and intricate drapings into a futuristic foray destined to embody the harsh reality of industrialization. Engineered prints of florals and fringe ruled the day, and the final send-off by McQueen was the zinger that tied the collection together; he appeared for his bow in a fuzzy bunny suit.

~Julia DiNardo

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Simplistic, one-dimensional, and refined? Of course not, it’s Louis Vuitton! Marc Jacobs created a throng of bold and eccentric looks for the iconic Parisian fashion house’s spring line. As the models strutted by, it was difficult to know even where to look. The brightly colored necklaces? The sequined-encrusted mini skirts? Or the leopard printed bags? If a blouse was plain, it was sheer, if a blazer was taupe, it was layered over a bright yellow shirt. Our favorite look was a compound of trends: a collage of feathers, metallic python and leopard print, chic wide leg pants, plaid, a blue blouse, and the coolest aviators we’ve ever seen. We never thought we would use all of those words in the same sentence, but that’s the beauty of Marc Jacobs’ unforgettable spring collection.

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Images from WWD

Laced with nostalgia, Castelbajac’s playful collection depicts childhood, a time when life was full of clouds, rainbows, and Mickey Mouse, in the form of runway fashion. Models wore backpacks, larger-than-life bows, clear plastic, kissmarks, and legos. Disney characters and Superman were represented, as well as Barack Obama, for good measure. Apart from the kiddie-inspired graphics and accessories, the design of the garments themselves were constructed as loose fitting dresses, rompers, and tees–perfect for your next playdate…or whatever it is you do for fun these days.

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  • Lanvin S/S 2009 Collection

Alber Elbaz elevated the theme of the classic college toga party to the realm of high fashion in his Spring collection for Lanvin, by taking the look of a messy twisted and tied sheet and reinventing it as perfectly draped, one shoulder dresses in colorful stain and chiffon fabric. Nothing in this collection was simple, yet nothing was over the top either. The draping of these pieces, along with ruching, ballooned sleeves and hourglass waists (similar to Calvin Klein’s abstract collection), as well as the contrasting colors decorated and updated ordinary styles like the little black dress.

  • Hermès S/S 2009 Collection

Originally, us trendy New York fashionistas thought cowboy hats and fringe belonged solely as a Halloween costume, or on our mid-west cousin Sally. However, the minute we saw veterans Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell walk down the cactus strewn runway in Jean-Paul Gaultier’s Wild West creations, we couldn’t help but fall in love. As only Hermès could achieve with this theme, there was nothing tacky or cliché about the collection. Models donning black cowboy hats and riding gloves, and dark aviators looked like chic bandits ready to rob a bank or win a shootout. Even in a delicate and revealing red gown, Naomi Campbell looked fierce enough to intimidate any tough wrangler. We were drooling over the fringed Birkin and signature Hermès suitcases in snakeskin and zebra prints that helped add a dose of Parisian chic to this wild rodeo show.

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